With the imminent arrival of Black Panther, the company have displayed a true blockbuster, and that's just the soundtrack! With the anticipation of the brand new Marvel superhero release at fever pitch, TDE and co have dropped an absolute scorcher of an album. Is this the greatest Rap Soundtrack album ever? It got us talking in the office and we've decided to present our top 5 greatest Hip / Hop soundtracks in film. Apologies in advance!
5. Django Unchained
Known for his meticulous use of music and soundtracking to his pop culture odes, Quentin Tarantino, a known Hip / Hop enthusiast and Wu-Wear wearer, managed to execute on a melting pot of genre's into his ode to the spaghetti western. The soundtrack sways from masterful pieces from western genre masters like Ennio Morricone to the outlandish of raps Teflon don Rick Ross, and even a mash-up of James Brown & Tupac on the titular track, unchained, using the tracks The Payback/Untouchable from each respective artist. The reason it's marked so low? Well, there was a track from a little-known artist named Frank Ocean that didn't make the cut because it was 'too good' in Tarantino's words, and by god, it's some of the most heartfelt music from RnB's current king.
4. Street Fighter
Remember this dumpster fire from the 90s? Nah, don't blame you mate. This outstanding piece of nostalgia gave us another timeless Jean Claude Van Damme as Guile (with glorious the flat top), and one of the only handful of movie performances from pop superstar Kylie Minogue. What we'd like you to remember is the suprisingly rap dominant soundtrack. Straight off the bat, we've got the title track being delivered by Ice Cube with the usual ferocity displayed by a man who starred in Are We There Yet? (and it's film sequel... and it's tv series) with the title track Street Fighter. It doesn't stop there either, as we've got rap royalty across the soundtrack! Nas in his ILLMATIC form, The Pharcyde, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and MC Hammer's duet with American Football superstar Deion Sanders... though maybe we could forget about that. All around, a surprisingly top job for a bad, bad, not good movie.
3. Black Panther
A slightly premature evaluation, but let's be honest, no other big-budget franchise Hollywood movie has gone all in on a Hip / Hop soundtrack and allowed an Artist / Record label to have full creative control over their vision for the project. Without even a sniff of the movie premise, we're willing to put this over some classic movies. It's our blog, go make your own. Kendrick and the TDE family have pulled through with an eclectic mix of rap, hip/hop, electronic and RnB to mesh with the high octane ( we presume) pacing of the film. Every single song is a pleasure to listen to, with the album running like a companion piece to DAMN (similar to Untitled / unmastered - TPAB) with the biggest artist on the planet collaborating with the best of best in Raps world. Front to back this is a JAM.
2. Man With The Iron Fists
Throwing this curveball in, but what a pedigree this film has. Iron Fists began it's life as a RZA (of Wu-Tang Clan / Wu Wear / Coffee with Bill Murray fame) passion project, channelling his Shaolin interests into a big budget (development hell) martial arts extravaganza starring Russel Crowe (of Gladiator fame), Lucy Liu (of Kill Bill / Charlie Angels fame) and Dave Batista (of Batista Bomb fame), plus your boy RZA (writing, directing, producing and starring). How could anything top that? Well let me introduce you to the soundtrack: several members of the Wu-Tang Clan such as Ghostface Killah, U-God, Method Man, Raekwon, RZA and their affiliates such as Kool G Rap featured on the album plus Kanye West, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Freddie Gibbs, Corinne Bailey Rae, Flatbush Zombies, Freddie Gibbs, Joell Ortiz, Wiz Khalifa and The Black Keys. Production is provided by RZA, Frank Dukes, BADBADNOTGOOD, Yeezy and S1. Almost the GOAT, but unfortunately there can only be one...
1. Training Day
Slight cheat on this as we're including songs licensed for the movie and not just the soundtrack, but even still, could there be anything else? Dr. Dre, P Diddy, Gang Starr, Xzhibit, Clipse, M.O.P. and Cypress Hill headline a jam-packed exhibition of 90s hip/hop, even throughing a spotlight to upstarts (at the time) Nelly, Krubsnatcha, and Pharoahe Monch, with an unexpected David Bowie and the Bad Bad Family jam over the track American Dream featuring in there. For us though, there's one scene, one song, one quote, one moment and that's all that matters
Today's a training day, Officer Hoyt...